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Cranberry Orange Margaritas.

They're quick, easy and such a crowd pleaser...only crazy people don't like margaritas!!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 6 Drinks
Calories: 514kcal

Ingredients

Sugared Cranberries

  • 2 cups sugar divided
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries

Big Batch Margaritas

  • 1 1/2 cups silver tequila 12 ounces
  • 2 cups cranberry juice 16 ounces, not cranberry cocktail
  • 1/2 cup orange juice 4 ounces
  • 1/2 cup orange liquor 4 ounces
  • 3/4 cups fresh lime juice
  • 2-4 tablespoons sugar or to taste * or use sugared cranberries OPTIONAL
  • salt for the rim
  • sparkling water to top the drinks with (OPTIONAL)
  • slices lime + orange for serving

To make just ONE drink

  • 1 1/2 - 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 2 1/2 ounces cranberry juice not cranberry cocktail
  • 1/2 ounce orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce orange liquor
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2-1 tablespoon sugar or to taste (OPTIONAL)* or use sugared cranberries
  • sparkling water to top the drink with (OPTIONAL)

Instructions

Sugared Cranberries

  • Bring 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar to a boil until the sugar is dissolved, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Stir in the cranberries and let the cranberries sit in the sugar water for 1-2 hour or over night.
  • Strain the cranberries thoroughly, then add them to a parchment lined cookie sheet with sides. Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar and gently toss until all the cranberries are coated in sugar. Allow the cranberries to dry, in a single layer for at least one hour.

Big Batch Margarita

  • Combine all the ingredients in a pitcher and stir to combine. Keep chilled in the fridge until ready to serve. When ready to serve, salt the rims of 4-6 glasses. Add ice to each glass and pour the margaritas over the ice. Top off with sparkling water if desired. Add the sugared cranberries and a lime wedge.

To make just ONE drink

  • Salt the rim of your glass. Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until combined and then strain into your prepared glass. Top with sparkling water if desired. Add the sugared cranberries and a lime and or orange wedge.

Notes

*If you are not adding the sugared cranberries to your drinks, I recommend adding 1-2 tablespoons granulated sugar into the margarita mix. Without any sugar the drinks are very tart.

Nutrition

Calories: 514kcal | Carbohydrates: 95g | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 184mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 89g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 35.7mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.4mg